Mayer Hawthorne and the County at Exit/In 

Maybe So, Maybe No

Maybe So, Maybe No
While the soul and funk revival has lost a little bit of ground in the mainstream world since Amy Winehouse went from chart-busting singer to fake-busted tabloid train wreck, there's still a ton of kids recycling the sounds of the ’60s and ’70s into something new and wonderful. Take, for instance, Stones Throw Records’ Mayer Hawthorne, an Ann Arbor, Mich., native and one of the most naturalistic purveyors of the style. This kid's veins pump with the sounds of Holland-Dozier-Holland’s classic R&B — he breathes in oxygen and exhales sweet Motown soul on his debut album A Strange Arrangement without ever getting too caught up in the “authentic” details that can distract from the songs. Hawthorne is joined by singer Nikki Jean, who you might remember as one of the best parts of Lupe Fiasco's overwrought sophomore concept album The Cool.
Tue., March 23, 8 p.m., 2010

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